This has been another beautiful summer!! With all the preparation and grooming of the garden, planting Zinnia seeds around the wild flower garden, and sunflower seeds at the back of the wild flowers, and planning prep for our 8th annual Lavender DAZE Festival, I’ve felt like my head is spinning. But alas….summer is gone, with it memories of beautiful sunny days, and the lovely calming aroma of lavender. Many customers visited to U-Pick lavender bouquets, stroll through the wildflowers, and stop to blow bubbles. I smiled a lot, laughed along with them and blew bubbles, relaxing in the moments of a wonderful summer among 1000’s of fragrant lavender 🙂
Now as Fall season arrives, we will celebrate the bounty of our harvest with hearts full of thankfulness!! Thanks to all our “awesome workers” that helped make this past season a huge success!! Thanks also to our wonderful customers that faithfully support us!! Cheers to Fall, and the winding down of the season. Relax and inhale deeply!!
We had a tour group from Portland visit our farm this morning. They reserved our tour package in advance for their group from Florida. The package included a garden tour, hands-on Lavender Wand class, and self-serve Lavender Tea and Lavender Scones, on our covered patio. During the garden tour I described the 70 different lavender varieties planted at our U-Pick farm. Many photos are always taken during the tour, especially of the wild flower section in the middle of the lavender garden.
If you would like information about tour packages feel free to send me an email.
A few varieties of our Angustifolia, “English” Lavender, have just started to bloom! We’ve been anticipating this day for awhile!! We get excited about the start of our U-pick season at our Lavender Farm!! 🙂 It’s beautiful watching the changes, each day, as these lovely flowers start their extremely fast growth, preparing for bloom time. The English is the first variety to bloom, and the French blooms in July. We hope you will plan a trip out to cut your own Upick Lavender bouquet soon.
This weekend is Father’s day, and we are serving up some iced mint tea, lavender shortbread and handmade lavender truffles in honor of “Dad”.
We are planning for our 5th Anniversary of Lavender DAZE Festival next month, July 11 & 12th.
Well…I’m off to dead-head Lupine and play in the Wildflower Garden! 🙂
Today I worked with one of our most awesome employees training a new girl to work with us this summer. We discussed many different tasks that would be done, including helping customers with products, product knowledge, and learning how to complete credit card sales, to name a few. Since our Lavfarm gets extremely busy in June, July and August, when the lavender flowers are at peak bloom, two people often need to work together, one in the retail cottage, and another taking customers out to demonstrate how to U-pick their lavender bouquets. One of the most important tasks, when you don’t have any customers, is to go out in the garden and “Weed” 🙂
And above all else, enjoy your day, at work, in a Lavender Farm 🙂
Today I planted 60, 2″ Helichrysum plants on our U-Pick lavender farm. This plant is a perennial that has beautiful tiny yellow flowers, that bloom mid summer. It loves full sun, and is drought tolerant, similar to Lavender. We have about six, 4 year old plants near our retail cottage. The yellow flowers are a beautiful contrast with the Lavender. One of our customers visiting our farm, walked by the helichrysum plants, and commented on it’s aroma. He said, ” what is that aroma I smell, like maple syrup?” Other customers mentioned that it’s aroma is like chocolate or vanilla. It is a lovely plant, and it’s healing benefits are endless. When it’s at full bloom, we distill the flowers for essential oil and hydrosol, flower water. The oil and hydrosol are used for sport injuries, for it’s anti-inflammatory benefits. It is also anti-allergenic, anti-spasmodic, astringent, diuretic, analgesic, cytophylactic, cholagogue and nervine. This is why we say, it is nothing short of precious. Just another gorgeous Flower!!
This blog is about my day to day life on a Lavender Farm.